Things are starting to become much clearer to me when it comes to the overall story of ‘Trinity War’. At first, it was confusing, you had the threat of the Secret Society on one hand, and Pandora and her box on the other, and it was unclear how and if they were related, but I think the ending to this issue has the answer. The box is a doorway to somewhere, and I think that doorway is to Earth 3, the world of the Crime Society Of Amerika, and next issue, The Outsider is going to open the box, and out will come Ultraman and Owlman and all the rest of those guys and Forever Evil will begin. You can bet your life on it.
Most of this issue was focussed on Pandora’s Box, and it possessing people and making them totally eeeeeeevil. Wonder Woman starts out with it, but Shazam soon comes in and grabs it, and something weird happens, it not only turns his costume black (is this how Black Adam comes back?) but it sends out some weird shockwaves that attack all of the other magical heroes in the DCU. I found it interesting that this shockwave managed to reach across into Earth 2 and Doctor Fate. Not only does this show how powerful this box is, but it reinforces my belief that Earth 3 is inside it.
The way the box managed to make all of the various heroes go crazy for it was a bit clichéd, but it was effective, and I liked seeing Zatanna really demonstrate her powers and kick a little ass, it was also great how John Constantine was able to pick it up and not be corrupted, because he’s already corrupt, I loved that.
I find it interesting that Lemire and Johns have kept a lot of the characters in the various Justice Leagues away from Pandora and the Outsider, the likes of Superman, Green Arrow, Cyborg and more are trapped under the rubble of ARGUS and dealing with the slightly more mundane problem of Amanda Waller’s treacherous nature. So even though I think I’ve got the mystery figured out, that strange dual nature of this story is still present. Perhaps it’s just that there are way too many characters in the Justice Leagues, and not all of them can be central.
Once again, Mikel Janin’s artwork was very good, these two issues are the first time I’ve seen his art, and I think he’s destined for great things, I’m very interested in seeing what he does next, perhaps a stint on a Superman book?
This crossover has been surprisingly good so far, and if Johns can tie everything together at the end, then all the better. It’s great to see someone like Jeff Lemire rise to do doing most of the heavy lifting on a big crossover like this, he and Jonathan Hickman are living the dream!